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Material Things: A Talk with British Artist Paul Coldwell

This talk will centre on Paul Coldwell’s print work and its relationship to his overall practice as an artist. Coldwell’s work focuses on themes of absence and presence, often taking archives or collections as starting points for investigation. His prints feature objects, often the everyday intimate objects with which we conduct our lives, and his approaches range from what could be described as traditional printmaking through to digital, and hybrids in between. The talk will be on 20 May at the New York Foundation for Arts (NYFA).

This event is part of NYFA’s ongoing relationship with UAL. They recently featured an article in the Con Edison Immigrant Artist Newsletter introducing Artquest, an online resource and a program of UAL. Artquest provides ‘everything a visual artist needs to know’ by encouraging critical engagement and providing practical support. Its online services are free and open to artists anywhere.

Coldwell’s practice includes prints, book works, sculptures and installations, focusing on themes of journey, absence and loss. He has exhibited widely, and his work is included in numerous public collections, including the Tate, V&A, British Museum, the Arts Council of England and Musée d’art et d’histoire, Geneva. He has been selected for many of the international biennials including Ljubljana, Cracow, and the Northern Print Biennial. His recent solo exhibitions include: A Layered Practice Graphic Work 1993-2012, a retrospective staged by University of Kent which then traveled to University of Greenwich, Re-Imagining Scott: Objects & Journeys at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge 2013 and Charms and other Anxious Objects at the Freud Museum, London 2014. His current exhibition Material Things, is at the University of Bradford.

Coldwell has taught in many colleges both in the UK and abroad including as Visiting Professor at the University of Northampton (2006-09), Visiting Professor at the Chinese University, Hong Kong and Guest Artist at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010 and Montclair University in 2012.

He has curated a number of exhibitions including Digital Responses (V&A 2001), Morandi’s Legacy; Influences on British Art(Estorick Collection London 2006), and The Artists Folio, (Cartwright Hall, Bradford 2014). In addition, he has published writings on a number of artists including Michael Craig-Martin, Richard Hamilton, Giorgio Morandi, Christiane Baumgartner and Paula Rego and contributes regularly to many publications including Print Quarterly, Art in Print and Printmaking Today. In 2011 he was invited as keynote speaker for Impact 7 International Printmaking Conference in Australia. His current book Printmaking; A Contemporary Perspective was published by Black Dog Publishing in 2010. To learn more about Paul Coldwell, visit his website.

Top image: Paul Coldwell, Sites of Memory, 2006 screenprint 59 x 71cms ( 23 x 28 inches).